Early studies of wind shear

The University of Chicago hosted a field project in 1979 to study wind shear's threat to aviation. It was followed by the Joint Airport Weather Studies (JAWS) project, conducted by NCAR and the University of Chicago in 1982. In 1984, with support from the Federal Aviation Administration, NCAR organized the Classify, Locate, and Avoid Wind Shear (CLAWS) study at Denver's Stapleton International Airport. Later in the 1980s, NCAR and collaborators expanded on JAWS/CLAWS findings to develop a successful wind-shear warning system for U.S. airports. Today, the program has become one of NCARís major components, bringing NCAR expertise and technologies to areas as diverse as climate policy, national security, wind energy prediction, and road safety.